Each 1 May is celebrated as Labour Day in Laos, a public holiday dedicated to recognising the vital contribution of workers to the country and to fighting for workers rights.
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Though Labour Day began in the US after the bloody incident in Chicago in 1886, it eventually spread to most other nations all around the world, including Laos.
As the world industrialised in the mid to late 1800’s, the dismal working conditions in many factories led to the establishment of Labour Day, also called “International Workers Day”, to demand things like an 8-hour work day, safer working conditions, and increased pay.
In Laos, a federation of trade unions organises activities for Labour Day in the capital city of Vientiane and in other cities. There are often lectures, rallies, and “community walks” that promote and celebrate the role of workers and the advancement of workers’ rights in Laos.